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What do you get when you plant a seed? by Joan Barrett
What do you get when you plant a seed? The other day we were discussing logos.  What is a logo?  A logo is a trademark to represent a company or organization.   It is an identifying symbol.  Since I am the...
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Accommodations - What You Can Do at Home and at School to Help Your Child
Accommodations - What You Can Do at Home and at School to Help Your Child Christine Jansen Elementary Teacher New Morning School, Plymouth, MI   Accommodations can be a dirty word for some, but they are changes that make it...
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Lighting the Path by Paul Hanna, New Morning School Science Teacher
As I approach the one-year mark in my time at New Morning, I've naturally found myself reflecting on the experience thus far, especially when considering the stark contrast to my past experiences as a science teacher. I hope my reflections can...
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When Your Brain Won't Let You Think By Cheryl Blau, Ph.D.
Ever notice how certain things can trigger your boiling point faster than you can snap your fingers?  Oh, you know…that certain tone of voice that your spouse sometimes uses, or your children whining about something trivial for the...
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You have to spill a little milk to grow..., Elaine Kennedy, Head of School
  Jean Piaget at New Morning School The following is a letter written for the Alumni News by New Morning School Head of School, Elaine Kennedy. You have to spill a little milk to grow... Dear...
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Duckling Update by Kami, Middle School student
     ::BLOCK:: ::CONTENT::VIDEO ::BLOCK:: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 There is a VERY exciting update about our ducks: over the weekend, our first duckling hatched!! His name is Dabbles, and he is spending the weekend...
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Duckling Blog by Kami, Middle School student
Our duck eggs arrived from Aunt Bea’s Farm on April 30th! You can come see them any time through the Middle School window where the incubator is (as long as you’re not supposed to be doing schoolwork!). We are expecting them to hatch by...
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Eight Steps to Nurturing a Motivation to Read By Jill Stanley, Preschool Teacher
Eight Steps to Nurturing a Motivation to Read by Jill Stanley Preschool Teacher New Morning School  PreK – Grade 8 As educators, we love this month!  It’s national Reading Month! It’s a time to celebrate...
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The Importance of Sleep Researched and Written by Dr. Cheryl Blau, Middle School Teacher
The Importance of Sleep Researched and Written by Dr. Cheryl Blau Helping your child get enough sleep each night is as important to their health as making sure they eat nutritious food each day.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the...
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Teen Brain: Why Is It Scary? by Elaine Kennedy
Teen Brain: Why Is It Scary? by Elaine Kennedy Head of School New Morning School  PreK – Grade 8 Your worst fear: You get a call from a police officer at 2:00 am. Your teen has been arrested for speeding and drinking. Why are...
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Enhance the Yes by Marisa Downs
Enhance the Yes By Marisa Downs, preschool teacher Some years ago, before I was a teacher or had children of my own, my sister-in-law passed on a bit of advice that I think of often. She and my eldest brother were raising my nephew and niece...
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Everything I Need to Know about Parenting, I Learned from My Dog, by Elaine Kennedy
Everything I Need to Know about Parenting, I Learned from My Dog by Elaine Kennedy Head of School New Morning School   You may be familiar with the book by Robert Fulghum titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in...
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Four Reasons to Have Family Game Night by Christine Jansen
Four Reasons to Have Family Game Night   By Christine Jansen, New Morning School teacher We have all seen the commercials about family game night. I love to play games with my students and my own kids. I believe strongly that they can...
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How to Raise a Resilient Child by Elaine Kennedy
How to Raise a Resilient Child Or Will my child be resilient after she leaves me? Elaine Kennedy Head of School New Morning School   When my daughter Heather attended Kalamazoo College for her summer orientation, the...
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Five Steps to becoming a Terra Firma Parent by Elaine Kennedy
Five Steps to becoming a Terra Firma Parent Elaine Kennedy Head of School New Morning School   When my grandson Zach was a newbie at walking and running, about 15 months old, I watched as he ran across his living room. Scattered...
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The Day the Acer Chromebooks Arrived by Dr. Cheryl Blau, Middle School Teacher
The Day the Acer Chromebooks Arrived Everything Changed!
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Technology in the Classroom by Cynthia Weber, Elementary Teacher
This has been a great year of exploring technology.  The scholars have taken to the new Chromebooks like ducks to water.  Watching them engaged in their learning and exploring new apps has been exciting! They have been able to capture...
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TESTING AND LEARNING - WHAT IS THE CONNECTION? by Michael Slaughter, Science Specialist
Measures of achievement are critical to a child’s success in the classroom. We want to be able to give praise for doing well on a concept or skill, while also efficiently diagnosing a deficiency in order to improve understanding. On a larger...
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Let's Go Outside and Play by Jill Stanley, Preschool Teacher
Let’s Go Outside and Play! Hooray!  Isn’t the weather beautiful?  The long, cold months of winter have lifted and March has begun to come in like a lamb as spring begins to unfold all its beauty. The sunshine, warmer...
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Getting Messy In Order to Grow by Marisa Downs, Preschool Teacher
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”...
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Using Open-Ended Questions with Children By Russell Lightfoot, Kindergarten Teacher
As a teacher I am aware of the importance of language in the classroom and I try to use open- ended questions with the children every day. A good example of this is when we did our pirate study at the beginning of the year. Having a message in a...
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Instilling a Thirst for Knowledge - by Christine Jansen, Elementary Teacher
It’s that time of year again. Museum! As a new teacher at New Morning School I can't wait to see what masterpieces are created this year. I was lucky enough to be able to aide during Museum last year. I learned a lot! Our scholars get to...
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SUSO: Stand Up, Speak Out by Dr. Cheryl Blau, Middle School Teacher
The Elementary and Middle School students at New Morning School are learning how to stand up and speak out for what is right and fair for themselves and others through a social skills/conflict resolution program...
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Vision for Technology by Elaine Kennedy, Head of School
 Vision for Technology Whoa! – Get on or Fall Off!   Elaine Kennedy, Head of School   It’s time that schools caught up with the technology that our students already know. Why is it that at home our children reach for...
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Intelligence is a Function of Experience by Cynthia Weber, Elementary Teacher
There is great value in the "immersion" experience of learning.  It is an experience that attempts to replicate a being there experience by creating simulations and role-playing.  Read the experience of our elementary students...
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Principal for the Day
Principal Mari My name is Mariana. Today I am the principal for a day at New Morning School. I'm eight years old and in second grade. I'm going around and helping in the classrooms. I'm super happy to be the principal. I'm wearing a pink shirt that...
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Funny Things
By Marisa Downs, Preschool Teacher This blog post is in honor of April Fools day.  I teach preschool and believe me, preschoolers are a funny bunch.  I often feel like the luckiest person because I laugh so much everyday with my...
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Museum Experience
 By Linda Witzburg, Middle School Teacher     January and February are my favorite months of the year at New Morning School.  No, it is not because of the possibility of lots of snow days, which have certainly been plentiful...
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WANT TO, OR A HAVE TO?
By Venee Yatooma, Kindergarten teacher   Happy New Year to you, and your families; I’m blessed to celebrate this time of year with you.  It’s January.  All kinds of new things are happening! A New Year, a new...
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Brightly Shining Lights
By Marisa Downs, Preschool Teacher   Brightly Shining Lights It's the holiday season and it's beginning to feel that way. Stores and neighbors have their decorations up, and it's feeling more like winter every day. When I think about...
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Planting the seeds for New Morning School
   November 14, 2013   Recently I was featured in The University of Michigan’s Martha Cook Building Alumnae Newsletter. Martha Cook was the dorm where I stayed while attending the University. Read below to learn how the seeds...
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Curiosity Abounds - Our Science Program
MESSAGE: “Never underestimate the intellectual challenges young people can rise to – especially when they don’t realize they’re doing so.” While teaching General Science and Math Explorations at New Morning...
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Color My Community
  Color My Community   As the school year has been progressing, I have been enjoying walking in the halls and seeing all of the colors gracing our hallways.  Each piece uses the same colors, but each is unique in how it...
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Loves Summer Camp!
When we signed our son, Greyson, up for Science Camp we chose two weeks of the summer to attend the half day sessions. Having attended camps at New Morning School, we knew he would have a great time. Well after the first day, not only did Greyson...
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Science Expo
 The parent expo on the final day of science camp was a wonderful way for us to see the concepts he learned.  Very well done!  I was impressed at how he could explain the experiments.
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Grandparents' Day at New Morning School
A visual summary of events from our Grandparents' Day!
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Reflection - a Kindergarten Teacher's Perspective
Insight on the importance of Reflection, from Venee.
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The Circus Comes to New Morning School
Cynthia Weber discusses the valuable lessons learned and the fun the students had with their Circus unit!
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On First Looking Into New Morning School
Science Teacher Michael Slaughter discusses his role and love for his position at New Morning School.
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Our 40th Year, and Reflections on "Letting Go"
Elaine welcomes back students and has some words of wisdom for parents, as they watch their children grow...
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Mom - Something I wrote about the school. Love, Lauren
Below is a gift that I received from my daughter Lauren on Mother’s Day. She said that she started writing this in the fall and just finished it. I hope you enjoy it. Lauren is now a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of...
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Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children's Beacon
Cynthia Weber, elementary teacher at New Morning School, has been published in the March edition of Beacon.  It is a monthly E-Newsletter of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children.  Her article is about how parents...
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The Future is Now
“The principal goal of education is to create men [and women] who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done – men [and women] who are creative, inventive and...
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